Back before Java became popular, I was a C++ bigot. I programmed in nothing
but C++. I lived, ate and breathed C++. If it wasn't C++, it was rubbish. I
thought C++ was the alpha and omega of object-oriented programming. I had
"operator overloading" for breakfast, "templates" for lunch and "multiple
inheritance" for dinner, and I always went back for seconds.
Then a funny thing happened. I got a new job at another company as a C++
programmer. But they pulled the old bait and switch. Once I started working,
someone suggested writing a good portion of a large project in a scripting
language. I protested - I would not condescend to program in any other
language but C++.
Shortly after I started at this new company the following edict was put
forth: "Thou shall use a scripting language." Thus I was forced by management
to write a good portion of the project in a high-leve... (more)
What This Series Is About
This article is Part 2 of a series that discusses the many languages that
compile and/or run on the Java platform. This is an interactive series. Java
Developer's Journal invites you to vote for your favorite non-Java
programming language in the JDJ Forum. Your vote will decide which languages
will be covered by the series, and in what order. The last time I checked,
JPython and NetRexx were neck and neck. NetRexx, though not mentioned
previously, will be covered in the next article.
There are some great languages that I didn't mention last month, but as ... (more)
Developing distributed components with Java and DCOM (distributed component
object model) simplifies developing distributed applications. If you know
CORBA or RMI, DCOM is easy to learn. Microsoft's Java Virtual Machine makes
developing COM and DCOM components painless.
DCOM currently ships with the Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 98
operating systems. It's also available for download for the Windows 95
operating system. In addition, there are efforts to make DCOM available on a
number of UNIX platforms. Many of the Java application server providers, such
as BEA's WebLogic J... (more)
What This Series Is About
This article is Part 3 of an interactive series that discusses the many
languages that compile and/or run on the Java platform. Java Developer's
Journal invites you to vote for your favorite non-Java programming language
in the JDJ forum. Your vote will decide which languages will be covered by
the series, and in what order. A lot of languages work in the JVM, but this
series will cover only the most popular, as determined by your votes. To
vote: Go to the top of the JDJ Web page and click the forum graphic. Click
the "Enter the JDJ Developer's Forum" li... (more)
Time is a brutal enemy of youth and exuberance. Time makes cynics of us all.
Time is the universal truth serum that reveals all authenticity. Time will
tell, but the announcement yesterday by Google may change the faces of AJAX
development, strike that, Google's announcement may change web development
for evermore. This cynic heard an announcement yesterday that changed his
viewpoint and beliefs on the future of web development.
Certainly, in the recent past, the chances of doing an entire application in
AJAX seemed remote for the vast sea of developers. The thought of writing a